a small snow-globe, depicting an idyllic snow-covered cabin, as he utters his final word: "Rosebud". The murmured word on his deathbed: Rosebud. It was an uncomfortable moment, and quite a few people had on their faces Cottens strained smile from. A hero, a journey, some conflicts to muck it all up, a reward, and the hero returning home and everybody applauding his. And yet Welless scenes with Ruth Warrick, playing his first wife, Emily, are no less vibrant, no less meaningful, especially on their arrival home for breakfast as young marrieds, having partied all night and contemplating going to bed, but not to sleep. And Kanes own political ambitions, like those of Charles Stewart Parnell in Ireland, are destroyed by sexual transgression: an affair with a singer who is to become his second wife.
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We all have around two or three radioactive Rosebud fragments of childhood memory in our minds, which will return on our deathbeds to mock the insubstantial dream of our lives. The murmuring of Rosebud is in one way the films teasing offer of synecdoche: the part for the whole, the one jigsaw piece that is in fact the whole puzzle. It is that yearning after transience that adults learn to suppress. Advertisement, it is one of the miracles of cinema that in 1941 a first-time director; a cynical, hard-drinking writer; an innovative the Essence Of Power cinematographer, and a group of New York stage and radio actors were given the keys to a studio and total control, and made. Citizen Kane itself, that mysterious, almost Elizabethan fable of kingship, which so seductively posits the coexistence of greatness and failure. You might already know that Kane is a famous name (also spelled. Then we get the famous series of shots leading to the closeup of the word Rosebud on a sled that has been tossed into a furnace, its paint curling in the flames.